Welcome Message

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Please note: We will be on summer break during the month of August. No regularly scheduled activities will take place during that time. The Practice Period at Hokyoji will be taking place beginning Monday, August 28. Our regular schedule will resume after Labor Day.

Program Highlights

Our website is updated periodically, primarily in February for Spring activities, May for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.




More information on Events

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota

Seven-day practice period: Monday Aug. 28, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 both days 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Fridays, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Dec. 15
Thursday, Nov. 16
No fee; register in advance by phone or email



Buddhist Studies Classes

More information on Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Psychology Series: Understanding Our Mind

Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 15 (eight sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

More information on MBSR

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Fall 2017

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 19-Nov. 7

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 21-Nov. 9

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, October 28




More information on Retreats

Sangha Retreats

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota

Seven-day practice period: Monday Aug. 28, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only: Friday Sept. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Weekend Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean

Friday, Sept. 29, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Oct. 1, Noon

Friday, Nov. 10, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Nov. 12, Noon



More information on Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditatation and Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Weekday Meditation Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30-8:40 P.M

Welcome Sessions

Friday, Sept. 8, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, Sept. 10, 9:00-11:15 A.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.
No fee; pre-registration required.

Mondays, Sept. 11 & 18, 7:00-8:30 P.M.



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